Ernst Bloch pp 177-187 | Cite as

Epilogue: Why Hope?

  • Jack ZipesEmail author


Ernst Bloch may be dead, but his cry for and defense of hope for a better world still lives, and it is more urgent than ever before. We are living in seemingly hopeless times, and yet, it is exactly the despair of present injustices and inequalities which generates hope that things could be different. It is the dialectical negativity of hope that exposes corruption and ruthless power in the world. It is anticipatory illumination that sheds light on the telos of integrity and shows us where to go even if we may never reach our goal. It is the direction that counts, not the arrival. It is the hopeful struggle toward ethical enlightenment that leads to justice

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  1. 1.MinneapolisUSA

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